The 17 Best Face Oils for Dry and Flaky Skin

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Rosdiana Ciaravolo

The temperatures have dropped, which means it’s officially time to shake up your skincare routine. Colder temperatures mean your skin needs some extra TLC. One of the best ways to combat dryness this season is by adding a facial oil to your skincare arsenal. But don’t let the word “oil” deter you: face oils are an excellent source of nutrients and moisture, even for people with acne-prone and oily skin.

Every formula is different, but what matters most is how you incorporate it into your routine. In skin care, it’s important to use formulas from lightest to heaviest, Dr. Geeta Yadav, board-certified dermatologist and founder of FACET Dermatology, says. “When you apply face oil depends on the weight of the oil itself. Generally speaking, that means you’d apply an essence before a serum, a serum before a moisturizer, and a moisturizer before a face oil,” she explains. If your oil is lighter than your moisturizer, Dr. Yadav says it’s fine to switch the two.

Once you secure a gentle cleanser, treatment serum, and moisturizing face cream, scroll down for the 17 best facial oils to add to your routine.

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Best for Soothing

African Botanics

Neroli Infused Marula Oil


Best for Sensitive Skin


Plum Beauty Oil


Derm’s Choice


Organic Jojoba Oil

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Best for All Skin Types

Renee Rouleau

Pro Remedy Oil


Best Everyday Oil

Drunk Elephant

Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil


Best for Under Makeup

Charlotte Tilbury

Collagen Superfusion Face Oil


Best Antioxidant-Rich Formula

Youth to the People

Superberry Hydrate & Glow Oil


Best for Brightening


Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil


Best Splurge

La Mer

The Renewal Oil


Best for Barrier Repair


Honey Grail


Best for Anti-Aging

Sunday Riley

Juno Antioxidant + Superfood Face Oil


Best for Fatigued Skin

Kiehl’s Since 1851

Daily Reviving Concentrate


Best for Radiance

True Botanicals

Pure Radiance Oil


Best Retinol-Infused Option

Tata Harper Skincare

Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil


Best for Dull Skin


Phoenix Cell Regenerating Facial Oil


Best for Redness


Beauty Boosting Day Face Oil


Best for Deep Moisture


Superfood Facial Oil


What does face oil do?

Face oil alone can’t give your skin the hydration it needs, but it’s a great team player with other products to boost the skin’s moisture levels. “When skin is dry, it is often because of skin barrier dysfunction. The skin barrier helps nourish the skin while sealing in hydration. When the skin barrier is damaged, you’ll experience higher rates of transepidermal water loss (TEWL), which leaves your skin dry and irritated. By hydrating skin with a humectant like hyaluronic acid and then using a face oil, you will be able to help restore the health of the skin barrier, lock in lasting moisture, and promote a more nourished complexion,” Dr. Geeta Yadav, founder of Toronto-based dermatology Facet Dermatology, explains.


Which is the best face oil?

Dr. Yadav says the best oil is jojoba since it absorbs easily and is super lightweight. “It’s biomimetic, meaning it functions similarly to the oils of our own skin (a.k.a. sebum). It’s well tolerated by most, won’t congest pores, and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin,” she adds.


Is face oil the same as serum?

“No, face oil and serum do not serve the same purpose in a skincare regimen. While face oil nourishes the skin, serum features high concentrations of an ingredient in a fast-absorbing texture to treat targeted concerns,” Dr. Yadav says.

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